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by Brendan
Thu May 16, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Paddy Richter to replace Standard Richter?
Replies: 6
Views: 588

Re: Paddy Richter to replace Standard Richter?

Why not! As you say, Paddy Richter has a lot of advantages, especially for melodic playing, and works well for Blues too. With any tuning, you gain some things and lose others, as you note yourself. It's down to personal choice which factors matter more. The only issue form a learning point of view ...
by Brendan
Thu May 16, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Brendan's tuning questions/helps
Replies: 6
Views: 752

Re: Brendan's tuning questions/helps

"Dunovska Horo" is pure PowerChromatic, but "Jig Jazz" and "Sweet Bulgarity" are variations on PC. If you think of PowerChromatic in C, starting on D, the pattern is (blow note to the left, draw at right): DE FG AB CD | DE FG AB CD | DE FG AB CD | In "Jig Jazz" I lower the higher doubled Ds down to ...
by Brendan
Sun May 12, 2019 4:27 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Diatonic PowerCombs and Stealth-Valves Released
Replies: 26
Views: 10352

Re: Diatonic PowerCombs and Stealth-Valves Released

The story is that we're in transition to a new valving system. I'm still securing the IP for it; until that's done I can't release it publicly.
by Brendan
Wed May 01, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Choosing my first harmonica
Replies: 3
Views: 697

Re: Choosing my first harmonica

This is the best of times and the worst of times for that! The best because there have never been so many options available. The worst because it means the choice can be bewildering.

First, what type of harmonica - have you decided that at least? It would narrow down the options.
by Brendan
Thu Apr 04, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Any news?
Replies: 32
Views: 10918

Re: Any news?

A bit of news... After much struggle trying many different approaches over the past few weeks on alternative methods for getting easy overbends on stock harps, I've finally arrived at a good solution. It will be an assembly that players can easily retrofit onto existing harps. I'm just now in the pr...
by Brendan
Thu Apr 04, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Reels
Replies: 2
Views: 797

Re: Reels

Reels can sound nice played slowly, but if you want to play with others in a session you need to be capable of playing them fast as well, as that is the norm.
by Brendan
Thu Mar 28, 2019 8:28 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Diatonic PowerCombs and Stealth-Valves Released
Replies: 26
Views: 10352

Re: Diatonic PowerCombs and Stealth-Valves Released

Interested to hear your thoughts Lizzy. April now for mine, B
by Brendan
Sat Mar 23, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Any news?
Replies: 32
Views: 10918

Re: Any news?

Wow! Thanks for the links. That guy Larry Howell is some designer/engineer! Fascinating stuff :-)
by Brendan
Sat Mar 23, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Any news?
Replies: 32
Views: 10918

Re: Any news?

Actually one area I have been exploring, just for fun, is alternative approaches to damping reeds inside diatonic harmonicas to get pure sounding, loud overbends. My Overblow Booster is one way, inspired my Masaru Hashimoto's design for the Suzuki Overdrive. It encloses the reeds in outer comb chamb...
by Brendan
Tue Mar 19, 2019 6:38 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Old Swedish harmonica music (and a harmonica with bells!)
Replies: 9
Views: 1556

Re: Old Swedish harmonica music (and a harmonica with bells!)

Since its related, there is some wonderful NEW Swedish and other Scandinavian harmonica music being performed and recorded beautifully by these two guys:

https://youtu.be/lkvTJceApzU